E.J. McMahon explains – Gov. Cuomo has cleared the way for an increase in the share of health insurance premiums paid by retired s
tate workers. Under their new contract, active members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) will see their share of premiums rise, from 10% to a minimum of 12% for individual coverage and from 25% to a minimum 27% for additional family members’ coverage. The premium increase is on a sliding scale based on income, with workers in the highest grades paying six percentage points more, or up to 16% for individual coverage and up to 31% for individual coverage. Effective Oct. 1, the Division of the Budget confirms, the state will apply the minimum two% increase to premiums paid by all retired state employees.